Legal Project Manager

Other

Job Reference

220000S1

Function

Other

Category

Business Professionals

Location

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Schedule

Full-time

The role

THE OPPORTUNITY

The purpose of this role is to be a Legal Project Manager within the Legal Project Management team("LPM") team, which is part of the Business and Service Delivery team. The LPM Team is client facing and acts as the business partner between the wider Business and Service Delivery team and our clients. 

LPM is already well established within the firm. The LPM team works alongside lead Partners to deliver legal project management activities and advise on best practice in relation to matter management. 

The focus of the LPM team is to drive and implement significant change by focusing on delivery, process improvement and innovation, to increase efficiency and provide excellent client service on the most complex matters through effective legal project management. This is an exciting time to join the firm as developing more efficient ways of working lies at the heart of the firm's current strategy.

You will demonstrate a track record of matter management within a law firm.

The Legal Project Manager will report to a Senior Legal Project Manager. You will work closely with lead Partners and their teams to lead the project management activities and to co-ordinate delivery of the legal work to meet the clients' needs to an agreed timeline and budget. This will involve client contact from the outset to define and document scope, advice on and set-up of internal matter management structure and governance, resourcing and budgeting, tracking transaction and financial progress, managing risk and identifying efficiencies throughout the life of the project.

This role will be based in our London headquarters but the Legal Project Manager may be expected to travel as and when required as part of their role.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Key areas of responsibility: Provide Legal Project Management support in any of the DLA Piper offices as required
  • Work alongside the lead Partner and core legal team to support on project delivery
  • Coordinate work effort, scoping, pricing, planning, fee monitoring and reporting, status reporting, liaising with clients (where agreed), tracking scope changes, liaising with specialist departments and potentially other DLA Piper offices
  • The extent of activity per project will depend on the size and type of project.  In some larger projects a fuller level of project management activity will be required with potentially greater interaction with the client but with smaller matters, a "Lite" level of project management will be needed to offer leaner support to the lead Partner
  • To promote the services of the Business and Service Delivery team as well as those of other Service Areas as part of a holistic solutions based approach
  • Work with a Legal Project Management tool to set up and track the status of each project
  • Research working processes through discussions with fee earners
  • Analysis of work product to identify any tasks that could be done by different/other resources
  • Introduce new working efficiencies where appropriate and develop improved processes, tools and systems
  • Roll out improvements and solutions through coaching and training sessions
  • Support fee-earners to ensure they have accurate information and support available to them
  • Develop strong working relationships with other departments and teams including Finance

ABOUT YOU

Technical:

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working as a Legal Project Analyst
  • Prince 2 or similar qualification is an advantage but not essential
  • Having worked "client side" is an advantage but not essential
  • Preferably experience of working in a large international organisation
  • Analytical and strategic mind set
  • Financially aware and numerate
  • Strong computer skills and experience in using MS Office tools (in particular Word, Excel, Outlook; PowerPoint and Internet Explorer)
  • Technology savvy - able to use various other IT tools to support efficient working processes; and
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Behavioural:

  • Exposure to professional services culture would be advantageous but not essential
  • Ability to grasp tasks quickly and work autonomously
  • Flexibility to adapt to different activities
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Collegiate and team based approach
  • Customer focussed with desire to improve working practices
  • Strong communication skills
  • Analytical and strategic mind set
  • An ability to quickly prioritise between competing demands
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Maintain poise and patience under pressure

This job description is not designed to be exhaustive and can be varied, as required, to develop or fulfil the role of the Legal Project Manager. 

ABOUT US

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.

OUR VALUES

In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we are compassionate and inclusive, valuing diversity and acting thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative - we are proactive, passionate team players investing in our relationships
  • Be Bold - we are fearless and inquisitive, challenging ourselves to think big and find creative new solutions
  • Be Exceptional - we are strategic and driven, exceeding standards and expectations

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.

AGILE WORKING

We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.

PRE-ENGAGEMENT SCREENING

In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.